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WR Eddie Royal
Eddie Royal is a quick receiver with good hands and open-field running ability that make him ideally suited to operate out of the slot. While he has some big-play ability and has proven that he can score touchdowns in bunches over short stretches, he is likely to remain hit-or-miss from week to week, and is therefore an unreliable fantasy option. Keenan Allen will get most of the looks from the wide receiver position in an offense that also features the tight ends and running backs heavily in the passing game. As a result, Royal will not be targeted consistently enough to merit consideration as a fantasy starter. Realistically, his best case scenario this season would be a repeat of last season, when he was a worthwhile (but rarely stellar) flex option. Because he lacks fantasy upside, he should merit consideration only in the latest rounds of most fantasy drafts.
WR DeAnthony Thomas
The Chiefs' 4th rounder will try to earn the snaps that were given to Dexter McCluster over the past few years. Thomas has already landed atop the depth chart at PR and has moved up to 3rd team at RB. There's a lot of buzz coming out of Kansas City about the rookie and his involvement in the passing game. He's a player to watch this preseason once the games begin.
WR Jerricho Cotchery
Ancient Jerricho Cotchery (he'll be 32 when regular season starts) is currently on top of the Panthers' depth chart at wide receiver. Cotchery did grab a career-high 10 TDs for Pittsburgh last season (76 targets for 46/602/10) but he had a grand total of two receiving TDs during his prior two seasons with the Steelers. Entering his 11th NFL season, Cotchery has amassed more than 1,000 yards receiving exactly once (way back in 2007 when he handled 127 targets for 82/1,130/2 receiving), and his career high in receptions is 82, achieved twice (during 2006 and 2007). As you can see, Cotchery's best seasons are far behind him, for the most part.
WR Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon's two year career has been one filled with a variety of headaches for the Jaguars. On the field he has enormous talent and can be that dominant game changer type of player the Jaguars so desperately need. The off field issues are likely going to find Blackmon suspended for a majority, if not all of the 2014 season. It appears that Jacksonville has already moved on from Blackmon as they just drafted two young talented WR's in the second round this year, taking both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Blackmon has the talent to be a star WR in the NFL but it looks like some off field consequences aren't going to allow him to break into that star wide receiver role. The Jaguars and coach Gus Bradley already have given Blackmon's locker away as well and it looks like his days in Jacksonville are over.
WR Mohamed Sanu
When Mohamed Sanu was drafted in 2011, it appeared that he would be the player to shine opposite the all-everything A.J. Green. Sanu's versatility was attractive (he played some running back and wildcat quarterback in college), but his overall skills as a receiver left something to be desired. Sanu was passed by Marvin Jones last season. Sanu looks to be back in the second receiver role for at least the beginning of the season, though, as Jones broke his foot. Sanu has a chance to contribute for the first few weeks of the season.
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